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Risk Management and Governance CAM621



This unit aims to provide a broad understanding of governance, clinical governance and risk management within the field of health and human services covering the relatively recent development and changes that have occurred in these areas. The Unit will also illustrate some aspects of the practical implementation of governance and risk management as the basis for workplace action for improving the safety and quality of patient/client care and service provision. You will be asked to reflect on the implications of these on your professional practice in leadership and management within health and human service systems. Whilst clinical governance work arose principally following major events within the acute health service and care setting, concepts are constantly evolving and their application is increasingly expanding to other service areas. Many of the principles and practices are suitable for creative adaptation across the wider health and human services sector and are being progressively taken up as the public, providers, funders, standards & accreditation agencies and governments seek reassurance that services are provided safely and are of appropriate quality. Risk management has a longer history across all sectors and businesses to the extent that there are national and international standards. We will be examining, in varying degrees of depth; current concepts, trends and barriers in risk management and governance. In particular, this unit seeks to explore some of the issues and complex relationships between medico-legal issues; clinical error; consumer rights and services; occupational health systems; quality of service strategies; the systems and structures for the management of the law/medicine interface; and its governance in pursuit of reliable delivery of safe, high quality care and services.


Unit name Risk Management and Governance
Unit code CAM621
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Medicine
Discipline Medicine
Coordinator Kathryn (Kate) Fennell
Available as student elective? No
Delivered By Delivered wholly by the provider
Level Postgraduate


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021

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Learning Outcomes

  • explain the difference between corporate and clinical governance and how they relate to quality & safety and risk management in health and human service settings
  • argue the requirement for governance and risk management frameworks to support the provision of high quality health and human services
  • generate recommendations to improve the quality and safety of health and human service provision by applying knowledge of risk management and governance
  • critically reflect on the implications of risk management and governance in leading and managing health and human service delivery.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
060101 $1,412.00 $1,412.00 not applicable $2,525.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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Teaching Pattern

Flexible on-line Distance

AssessmentDiscussion Board participation (25%)|Essay (20%)|Service Improvement Proposal (35%)| (20%)
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